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Snetterton BSB: 'Subtle changes' bring podium pace for Jackson

Arguably one of the standout performances in the British Superbike Championshp races at Snetterton was Lee Jackson and with two fourth place finishes the highlight, it was, perhaps, a coming of age in the class for the 24-year old.

Having competed in BSB before, from 2015-2017, Jackson moved back into the series this year after two strong seasons on the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki in the Pirelli Superstock 1000 Championship and he already looks a more mature, polished Superbike rider.

“Snetterton’s always been a good track for me so I was looking forward to the weekend anyway but we planned to make a few changes to the bike as I was struggling with the steering at Donington, particularly in the second half of the lap,” said Jackson, the Lincoln rider having taken a best finish of ninth at the opening round.


“We didn’t make the big changes we planned, more subtle ones, but they immediately worked and the bike steered loads better, enough to gain half a second a lap, and, importantly, on a more consistent basis.”

With a good base setting with the ZX-10RR, the steering improvements enabled Jackson to take a good sixth in race one before really coming into his own on Sunday. Not only did he take a brace of fourths, he ran with the leading riders for the full race distance and was, perhaps, unlucky, not to have taken a podium.

“I was happy with the sixth place in the first race and it put me in a good place for Sunday. I felt comfortable running in the leading pack and to be fighting for the lead felt great; it was probably my best weekend on a Superbike ever. Tommy (Bridewell) was the most consistent rider in the group and I was learning a lot about the Ducatis but it was hard to make a pass as they had a better punch out of the corners. I needed a good exit to be in a position to make a move at the next corner but I was never able to do that.”

Having taken a podium finish on the Smiths Racing BMW at Cadwell Park three years ago, Jackson now feels like it’s the time to fully make his mark in BSB and make his Snetterton results a more regular occurrence.

“I’ve been riding 1000cc bikes since 2013 but I’m older and more mature now with the best Superbike I’ve ever ridden. Some people maybe questioned why I got the official Kawasaki BSB ride but the team have given me the chance and a great package and I want to make the most of it.

“I’ll go to Silverstone with an open mind though as it’s such a short, hectic lap where anything can happen but I’m firmly aiming at the top six in all three races.”

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